Medical Marijuana Lab Raided, Ordered to Turn Over Customer Records

A lab that tests medical marijuana for dispensaries and patients said Thursday it was raided by federal drug agents and ordered to turn over patient records.

Full Spectrum Laboratories president Bob Winnicki said Drug Enforcement Administration agents showed up at his facility in Denver on Wednesday when he was at the Capitol for a hearing on proposed medical marijuana regulations.

The lab provided The Associated Press with a copy of a DEA subpoena requesting that it turn over customer and patient records over a six month period through Wednesday.

Winnicki, who had applied for a DEA license to dispense controlled substances, said he wasn’t charged with a crime but agents seized about $10,000 worth of marijuana.

DEA special agent Mike Turner said the administration never comments on ongoing investigations and that he couldn’t confirm or deny whether there was a raid.

In general, he said agents don’t investigate medical marijuana users or suppliers but that they could be probed if their name surfaced during investigations into large drug trafficking operations. He also said the agency investigates facilities that apply for DEA licenses.

“We don’t target these operations unless they come up in the normal course of our operations,” he said of medical marijuana operations.

While federal crackdowns were once common with medical marijuana operations in California, Matt Brown, executive director of Coloradans for Medical Marijuana Regulation, couldn’t recall any such raids in Colorado in recent years.

“They are absolutely not commonplace at all,” said Brown, who represents a coalition of medical marijuana dispensaries and patients lobbying for state regulations.

Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients’ group, said the DEA has raided some large growing operations but has stayed away from patients and dispensaries in Colorado.

The Obama administration has said it won’t target medical marijuana operations in states that allow them as long as they’re complying with state laws and aren’t fronts for drug traffickers. Colorado is one of 14 states to allow people to use marijuana to treat various medical conditions.

Winnicki said his operation isn’t a dispensary but the only lab of its kind in Colorado. He tests marijuana for mould, fungus and pesticides and tests the effectiveness of different strains of marijuana for treating various ailments for dispensaries and patients.

He said he uses scientific instruments and applied for a DEA license back in October to use standards needed to test the marijuana. He said he didn’t hear from the DEA until Wednesday.

“I was operating under the assumption that if we’re playing by the rules, no problem,” he said.

He said the marijuana that was seized included a rare strain that was going to be made into capsules for people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

– Article from Canadian Press.

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    so that is a good point ,garnishments and leins do in reality take away your right to have a business license by ruining your reputation and credit rating within the system that we live and work in everyday and i don’t think you can even get one from the local sec of state or wherever if you have bad credit and leins;0) …im just sayin’.As for a criminal history that should n’t bar you from getting a business license,but i’ll bet it’s a possibility that it could to say the least Impede your progress toward the procurement of a quality existence for you and yours!;0)especially if the tax lein is combined with a Felony criminal charge,It doesn’t look good to anyone ,much less the powers that be.you should count your blessings that you have one at all and so are able to provide for your family…so on a lighter note who loves Cannabis Sensemellia ..lol…LA RESISTANCE ;0)As for me & mine we will mind this guys hard learned advice,Thanks Man ,I am a show off…i needed this reminder…you rock.;0)

  2. Anonymous on

    To comment #1 .thank for your candid comments,good advice La Resistance!;0)

  3. Anonymous on

    “NEVER MOVE LOTS OF MONEY AND DO NOT SHAKE THINGS UP AND DO NOT EVER!!!! EVER!!!! “MAKE POLITICAL NOISE”
    IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE!!!
    GO UNDERGROUND!!!!”

    Yes if you are a drug dealer or grower.

    People who are not drug dealers or growers and want to change the prohibition laws should be even louder more political. Don’t run and hide like a little sheeple.

  4. Anonymous on

    I agree with a lot of what you said but come on man, cant rent a house lol where I live in redneck Pennsylvania anyone can rent a house and get credit I also have a business license and was convicted of two felony’s for selling marijuana. Please elaborate? And how the fuck could they arrest all med patients they couldnt even arrest all med growers let alone patients the court cost alone would be staggering. No offense dude just saying.

    FIGHT THE POWER!

  5. samson on

    Pushy people in high places. This too, shall pass…..although probably not in my lifetime.

  6. Anonymous on

    coincidence I think not
    Lets see Obama officially puts Leonheart in charge
    Bush tactics begin again
    WTF

  7. gstlab3 on

    THIS IS A FORM OF GENOCIDE IN THE GUISE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND FALSE CRIMINAL ACCUSATIONS!!!!

    OUR CULTURE OF PEACE AND LIBERTY AND FREEDOM AND EVEN OUR GOD IS UNDER ATTACK FROM THE SOCIALISTS AND THEIR COMMUNIST BROTHERS!!!

    THE MARIJUANA PLANT IS FACING EXTINCTION THROUGH BIOLOGICAL TOXINS AND GENETIC MANIPULATION OF MOLDS AND BACTIERIA.

    ANYONE INVOLVED IN A STATE SANCTIONED MEDICAL MARIJUANA LIST OF DOCTORS PRESCRIBERS AND DISPENSARIES IS IN GRAVE DANGER OF BEING ARRESTED AND SENT TO JAIL FOR BREAKING FEDERAL LAWS PROHIBITING MARIJUANA USE, POSESSION AND CULTIVATION AND OF COURSE., “DRUG DEALING”
    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE STATE LEVEL LAWS PROVIDE FOR!! YOU ARE NOW UNDER THE GUIDELINES OF FEDERAL MANDITORY JAIL TIME AND FORFIETURE LAWS AND FINES.

    YOU WILL END UP BEING A SLAVE WAGE EARNER.,
    FOREVER PAYING OFF YOUR DEBTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!

    THROUGH GARNISHMENTS AND TAX RETURN LEVIES YOU WILL LOOSE THE RIGHT TO HOLD A PROFESSIONAL LICENCE AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO LIVE AS A DEBTOR WITH NO ACCESS TO CREDIT OR LOANS AND EVEN RENTING AN APPARTMENT WILL BE HARD TO DO.

    TRUST THAT I KNOW FROM EXPIERIANCE!!!!
    NEVER MOVE LOTS OF MONEY AND DO NOT SHAKE THINGS UP AND DO NOT EVER!!!! EVER!!!! “MAKE POLITICAL NOISE”
    IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE!!!
    GO UNDERGROUND!!!!
    GROW YOUR OWN, FREE YOUR MIND, FREE THE PLANET!!!!!